Danville council to discuss future town hall, emergency preparedness

Plus: Town nominations for Michael K. Shimansky Community Service Award

The Danville Town Council is set to gather for a special study session early Tuesday, where they will discuss a variety of pressing issues facing the town.

During the meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday morning, council members and town staff will review the status of the planned future town hall, discuss preparations for the 38th Annual Mayor’s Installation and Community Service Awards and receive a refresher on the council’s role in an emergency situation.

To start the meeting, the council will receive an updated report on the status of Danville’s new town hall -- property the town purchased for $12.75 million at 500 La Gonda Way -- from the project’s architect as well as Town Manager Joe Calabrigo.

“As part of the preparations for the town taking ownership of the property for the new Town Offices at 500 La Gonda Way, staff has been working with the project architect on plans to build out the interior of the vacant part of the building, which will house the Police Department and public meeting rooms,” Danville Administrative Services Director Jed Johnson told

The 50,093-square-foot building, located next door to the current town offices, lies on 2.69 acres of land with approximately 165 parking spaces at the corner of La Gonda Way and El Cerro Boulevard and will serve as the headquarters for the town’s government and police force.

Next up, the council will review preparations that are being made for the 38th Annual Mayor’s Installation and Community Service Awards, the town’s annual community spirit awards ceremony.

Specifically the council will consider selecting three nominees for the Michael K. Shimansky Community Service Award, to be sent to the Shimansky family for consideration, according to a staff report by City Clerk Marie Sunseri.

Then, council members will receive vitally important refreshment training on the role of the Town Council before, during and after an emergency is declared.

Council responsibilities during a state of emergency include serving as liaison with residents to assist in the spreading of information, officially declaring an official state of emergency, supporting the Emergency Services Director -- who contains all decision making authority -- and helping lead the community during the recovery period.

During a closed session not open to the public, council members will also consult legal counsel about upcoming litigation.

The Town Council is scheduled to hold their special study session 9 a.m. Tuesday, at the Town Offices, 510 La Gonda Way, Danville.

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